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Marden, Herefordshire

Historical Description

Marden, a village, a township, and a parish in Herefordshire. The village stands on the river Lugg, 1½ mile N of Moreton station on the Shrewsbury and Hereford (G.W. and L. & N.W. Joint) railway, and 5 miles N by E of Hereford. It has a post office under Hereford; money order and telegraph office, Bodenham. The parish includes the township of Amberley and the village of Wistaston. Acreage, 3995; population of the civil parish, 784; of the ecclesiastical, 813. Marden Court and "Wistaston Court are chief residences. Sutton Walls was the site of the camp of Caractacus and afterwards of the palace of King Offa, and commands an extensive and beautiful view. Grove Hill is noted for commanding a still more extensive view, comprising portions of seven counties. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford; net value, £193 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Hereford. The church is ancient, was partially restored in 1860 and again in 1878, consists of nave, aisles, chancel, and S porch, with pinnacled tower and spire, and contains a fine brass to Lady Chute. A chapel, now disused, is at Wistastou. Another chapel is at Amber-ley, was long in ruin, and was restored in 1865. The living of Amberley is a chaplaincy; gross value, £25. Population, 30. A well, formerly held in superstitious repute, is within the parish church, adjacent to the spot where the body of King Ethelbert was buried, and is fabled to have sprung up on the removal of the body to Hereford Cathedral.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyHerefordshire 
Ecclesiastical parishMarden St. Ethelbert 
Poor Law unionHereford 
Registration districtHereford1837 - 1974

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

For births, marriages, and deaths in Marden from 1837 to 1974 you should search for the Hereford Registration District.

Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Herefordshire is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtHR1
Post TownHereford